As we start to return to work, there is a lot to think about. Lockdown has affected us all in different ways, and it is only normal to feel uncertain about what the future holds. Many people feel confused, worried and apprehensive about going back to the workplace. Companies will be considering a range of adjustments to the way work is done, to comply with government recommendations. These adjustments will depend on your job, and your individual circumstances.

Everyone’s situation is unique. However, as you approach your return to work, there are some general principles that will give you the best chance of getting back to work and staying mentally healthy over the coming months.


Think about your job and your situation.Does anything need to change to help you do your job well? If you haven’t been told what to expect, ask what provisions have been made to create a safe work environment. It can be helpful to think through what will happen on the first day back.


You might want to exchange thoughts on how you’re coping and share strategies for things like commuting, or how to keep a safe distance in the office. Whether it’s during a scheduled check in or a casual conversation, sharing these experiences can help relieve some stress while also having the chance to learn and to support others.


Just as going into lockdown and the months that followed were a period of adjustment, going back to work may take some getting used to. Take it day by day, expect that straightforward tasks might take a little longer and don’t become angry with yourself or frustrated if things don’t feel ‘normal’ right away.


The way we all work is likely to keep changing in the coming weeks so we will need to keep adjusting. Don’t expect everything to quickly return to normal. We have a long journey ahead. We may not be able to go back to our old ways of working for some time – and if we are lucky, this could give us an opportunity to do things differently, and better. Look out for yourself, look out for others and take each day and week at a time.


Everyone is finding their own path and things might not always go to plan. It is important to be kind to yourself and to be kind to others as we all find our way.

Less or more recruitment in Albania? Pandemic blow to the labor market, unemployment rose by 0.4% in the second quarter of the year.

Is there less hiring and recruitments in Albania in 2021?

Employment market in Albania is impacted by COVID-19. The Covid-19 pandemic had an aggressive impact on the economy of Albania, especially in the second quarter with the application of restrictive measures on the move, but official figures reflecting developments in the labor market show that the negative impact has not been so high.

During the second quarter of 2020, the employment rate for the population aged 15-64 is 59.6%. The annual employment rate for the population aged 15 and over, from the second quarter of 2019 to the second quarter of 2020, is -3.6%. In annual terms, the employment rate decreased by 3.7% in the Agriculture sector, by 3.7% in the industry sector and by 3.4% in the services sector. Compared to the previous quarter, in the second quarter of 2020, employment for the population aged 15 and over decreased by 2.6%. Employment decreased in the agricultural sector by 1.1%, in the industrial sector by 6.2% and in the s.ervices sector by 2.3%.

The employment rate for men is 66.2%, while for women 53.2%. Compared to the same quarter of 2019, the employment rate for men decreased by 2.2 percentage points and for women decreased by 1.4 percentage points. The youth employment rate is 39.7%. For the population aged 30-64, in the second quarter of 2020, the employment rate is 69.9%.

Unemployment in Albania increased by 0.4%

In the second quarter of 2020, the official unemployment rate in Albania is 11.9%. In annual terms, the official unemployment rate increased by 0.4 percentage points. Compared to the previous quarter, the official unemployment rate increased by 0.5 percentage points.

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